Rockefeller marks Sago anniversary

Sen. Jay Rockefeller on Wednesday issued the following statement in remembrance of the Jan. 2, 2006 mine disaster at Sago that claimed the lives of 12 miners and seriously injured another.

“My heart still aches over the loss of our coal miners at Sago on that tragic day seven years ago,” Rockefeller said. “And it’s yet another reminder that the best way to honor all of those we’ve lost is to do everything in our power to build upon mine safety improvements.

“Following the Sago disaster, Congress came together and passed legislation focused on improving mine rescue efforts,” Rockefeller said. “But the tragedies we have seen over the past seven years show we have more work to do.

“It is my hope that 2013 is the year we pass my mine safety bill and give our miners and their families the added protections they deserve.”